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Subject: more tidbits
first dead show i taped so it occupies a very special place in my heart. literally wore out the tape. the "hard to handle" is the 1st set highlight. hot, hot jam. bob sings the headlight part in "rider" because jerry broke a string and was changing it himself. someone mentioned that pigpen left the show after "next time you see me." after a rockin first set, he didn't do much in the second but did return for the "not fade away" reprise.
Subject: Historical tidbit
If it could be recorded and quantified, every show had thousands of intriguing little side stories that could shed light or reveal nuance on all things TGD. I'm reading the autobiography of Ace Frehley (KISS) who consistently was able to work his way backstage at concerts as a young man and encountered various well known rock stars. This was the one and only Dead show he attended. Managed to get backstage and had a chance conversation with Jerry....
"I don't remember the exact details of my meeting with Jerry; instead I recall dreamlike bits and pieces of a trippy conversation. I can hear myself asking Jerry, 'How's it going, man?' And I can see him standing there, smiling through that beard.
'Good, man, good. We're taking it to the people tonight.'
I think I might have thrown a 'Right on, brother' back at him.
Jerry was exactly as advertised: a laid-back hippie who seemed less like a rock star than a guy you'd see strumming his guitar outside a subway station, case open, bumming for quarters. He was a god at the time, but you'd never have known it by watching him. Even onstage he was content to just stand there and jam, his demeanor no different in front of 10,000 fans (or 100,000) than it was when he played in Bay Area coffeehouses. You had to admire that about him. The guy was genuine."
Ace Frehley, "No Regrets: A Rock n' Roll Memoir" (NY: Simon & Schuster, 2011) 53-54.
Subject: H2H deux
Hard to Handle is on fire. Just incredible! Also great versions of Other One, China Cat, NFA/GDTRFB/NFA. 1971 was an epic year, one of my favorites-just behind '74 and '77.
I was at Gaelic Park in early 70s. Saw Yes and J.Giels band (yes strange twin bill). It was a rundown Irish football stadium that had a chain link fence up by the stage. The dead musta blew the heads out this night -fer' sure
Some good, typically tight '71 jams abound....set 1 is largely take-it-or-leave-it, save a handful of tracks: Hard to Handle, Sugar Magnolia, Empty Pages (why, oh ***why*** didn't they play this one more often?!?), and Good Lovin' are all outstanding and definitely are worth a listen.
Set 2 delivers the goods - just listen to Phil's bass on China Cat and, really, throughout the set - this is another one of those real crazy Phil-heavy shows (see also 8/14 from this year) that you'll probably find irresistible. The Other One suite goes through a myriad of transitions, Truckin' is rock-solid, and the end suite is as you expect.
Overall, this one's slightly overrated but still worth it, IMHO...
The Hard To Handle alone is worth the price of admission. Pigpen really shines in the first set, with 5 out of 14 songs; the same as Jerry and one more than Bob!
This is also the first time I've heard Weir, not Garcia, sing "wish I was a headlight..." (Rider).
And the 'Miracle of Saint Stephen'! Love it!
What is the purpose of segregating 14 seconds of drums and making it a separate track? It should be part of The Other One.
Subject: Lost in The Bronx
This was our second show. We got on the bus at The Yale Bowl that July, had our epiphany there when Pig did H2H. Gaelic Park just cemented us into the scene, and we're still riding(seeing DSO on Fri, Crazy Fingers on Sat. & Sun.). As I recall, "Park" is a misnomer. This was an open dirt field, that the Dead filled with glorious music (Empty Pages, St. Stephen). Had our first psychedelic experience when we drank from a wine skin passed to us (didn't know what hit us until we intentionally repeated the experience). This led to an interesting drive home to Brooklyn-we somehow wound up crossing the George Washington Bridge into NJ! Another friend, Steve, went to his car after the show, only to discover his spark plugs had been stolen, so the Bronx was not kind to us, except musically. 5 Stars for the adventure!
Subject: Way better than I remembered!!
Of course, in those days we all forgot a lot more than we remembered. I remember a bunch of crazies dancing on the roof's of the cars parked on the street next to the field during a long sound check on the afternoon of the show. I remember it being a damn good party. I remember witnessing the "Miracle of St. Stephen". During the 2nd set, one of our friends was in the process of having a bad LSD experience. Then St. Stephen started, and he immediately snapped out of it, and returned to normal, or at least normal under the circumstances.
Listening to this show reminds me of why I used to go to Dead shows.
Cliff Hucker -
Subject: Da Bronx?
Pigpen must have felt comfortable in the Bronx!
There are some issues with this mix and some other sonic anomalies (tape warble), and the playing is ragged at times, but what do you expect? Its the Bronx for chrisakes! You think they were going to play a beautiful Dark Star with elevated trains going by?
However, this is show is packed with some stunning highlights:
It's Pigs last show until December, and he shines! The Empty Pages is just unreal! H2H is simply dynamite, as is the first set Good Lovin'. The entire second set rocks!
I don't know whether this show is underated or over-hyped, but judging by the crackling energy more prevalent on the audience source, it must have been fun! (96 pts)
Subject: first set
only got through the first set, will come back for the second but sounds like a great start to a classic 71 show, lot of good pig songs in the first set here, good lovin is great wow so different from how it was played without pig, love the first set song selection all played up to par
Subject: Hard to Handle
Man, I'm just sitting here playing a game, giving the neighbors a real good taste of this show, when suddenly out of no where that hard to handle got me up out of my seat and I started stompin my feet. Suddenly I was back in 71 found myself somewhere in NY. dancing like a cool fool. It was great!!
Subject: Pig's last show till december
Pig was gone after this show until 12/1 then he played until june 72. Ive been listening to a lot of 80's recently and hearing this is just completely different. Awesome
the first stella blue was indeed at Pigpens last show on 6/17/72 in which he played organ on. wish a good SBD would surface of this show. but the first Mississippi half-step was performed at Dillon stadium in Hartford CT on 7/16/72. theres a so-so SBD of this shows 2nd set with an AUD 1st set floating around on here.
as for this show.....pretty hot playing, great song selection. what more could you ask for? except for maybe a tiny tiny bit less hiss but im not complaining. it mostly seems to dissapear once i burn the show to cd an listen to it on my home stereo system for some reason. no idea why.
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" August 26, 1971 at Gaelic Park, The Bronx, NYC, New York, U.S.A.
Charlie's version of this show is far superior to the other version listed on the IA, see below:
There is a new verison of the August 6, 1971 show on the IA and it sounds fantastic. Check it out, if it hasn't been yanked yet:
1971 is a precious year, it's nice to see these shows sounding so good. Keep up the good work. 1971 is a GOLD MINE.
All the shows from 1971 should undergo a complete 'facelift' audio speaking. 1971 is worth all the work it takes to make these shows sound new.
I highly recommend clicking on Charlie Miller's name and collecting all his GRATEFUL DEAD shows, he has impeccable taste.
Thank you Mr. Miller...
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the LOVE from 1971.
Subject: Not Pigpen's Last Show
Not sure where you got that info from. 6/17/72 Hollywood Bowl is his last show. Also first 1/2 Step and Stella.
Can't comment much on this source except to say it's mostly solid and from Charlie Miller so I imagine the quality is strong throughout.I can say emphatically that this is a criminally underrated show. Incredible versions abound throughout. For perspective's sake, 8/6/71 is one of the finest Audience recordings in music history, has a fun bertha and a great H2H. This Bertha is easily its equal and for my money, much better, aside from those 2 songs, 8/6 is like minor league ball compared with this show.
Much love for 8/6 but as one of the most dl'd and reviewed shows on archive it seemed a good comparison to make. Point being, don't miss out on this show.
Subject: Dohhh !!!!!!!
Must have been his ghost (Pigpen's) that toured Europe in '72 - "Mr Charlie", "Hurts Me Too", and so many more ........... Thanks Pig - gone but never forgotten.
Subject: Ron's last show
This was Pigpens last show... 19 months later march 8 1973 he died